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A day after being handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia for his involvement in massive ball-tampering scandal, former Australian vice-captain David Warner has issued an apology to the cricketing world for his misconduct.

Warner, a divisive figure who was charged with developing the plot and instructing Bancroft to carry it out, broke his silence today to say sorry and admit his actions had been "a stain on the game".

Warner and Smith took responsibility for masterminding a plan to alter the condition of the ball in a test against South Africa.

"I'm not sure it's normal procedure, but I do understand that sandpaper is often in the dressing room or in the players' kit bags", he said.

His advice to young players in the game was to think deeply about making any questionable decisions as a cricketer.

"I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers".

"Through the last few days, sitting in my own company, the thing that breaks my heart the most is that I have given up my spot in the team for somebody else for free", Bancroft said.

Bancroft addressed the ball tampering scandal, which has consumed the cricketing world, in a brief press conference.

Bancroft, who was caught on camera pulling out sand paper to scruff up the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, said he is disappointed with himself. "It is something I am very ashamed of and so sorry for".

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were thrown out of the Australian squad this week, and left the country yesterday.

Smith, who will not be allowed to captain the Australian team for another year after his ban, will most-likely find his way back into the team.

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Warner and Smith had already stepped down from their roles as skipper for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals respectively before their punishment was announced, and the IPL has since confirmed both men would be banned "with immediate effect from participation" in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament this year. Mistakes have been made which has damaged cricket.

The fourth and final Test match gets underway on Friday at the Wanderers, with Tim Paine taking over the captaincy from Smith.

Lehmann also said the finding that he had not known about the ball tampering plan was correct.

Smith can't captain Australia for at least at least after his playing suspension expires, Cricket Australia ruled.

With Smith, Warner and Bancroft on the way home, their places in the Australia squad will be taken by Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell.

Electronics giant LG on Wednesday dropped Warner as a brand ambassador and ASICS ended its relationship with him and Bancroft in a tweet.

In addition, the role of Darren Lehmann was also clarified, with Sutherland explaining that the television footage that shows the Australian coach speaking into a walkie-talkie as the incident unfolds, was not Lehmann warning the players.

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